J3676 : Queen's Island, Belfast Harbour

taken 7 months ago, near to Queens Island, Greencastle and Whitehouse, Northern Ireland

Queen's Island, Belfast Harbour
Queen's Island, Belfast Harbour
Queen’s Island was the home of Harland and Wolff, once Belfast’s largest employer. Since the decline of shipbuilding industry, part of it has been redeveloped as “the Titanic Quarter”. In this view, the skyline is dominated by the four large Henson tower cranes at the Belfast Dry Dock and the two iconic gantry cranes “Samson" and "Goliath” which were constructed by the German engineering firm Krupp, with Goliath being completed in 1969 and Samson, in 1974. Goliath stands 96 metres (315 ft) tall, while Samson is taller at 106 metres (348 ft).
Belfast Harbour :: J3576
Belfast Harbour is a major maritime hub, handling 67% of Northern Ireland’s seaborne trade and about 20% of the maritime trade of the entire island of Ireland LinkExternal link . It is a vital gateway for raw materials, exports and consumer goods, and is also Northern Ireland’s leading logistics and distribution hub.

The harbour's origins date back to 1613 when a Royal Charter for the incorporation of Belfast specified the need for a wharf at the confluence of the rivers Lagan and Farset in what is modern-day Belfast’s High Street. By the early 18th century Belfast had replaced Carrickfergus as the most important port in Ulster and additional accommodation was necessary. A number of privately owned wharves were subsequently constructed on reclaimed land. The Belfast Harbour Estate is now home to many well-known businesses such as George Best Belfast City Airport, Harland and Wolff, Bombardier Aerospace, Odyssey, the Northern Ireland Science Park, Titanic Quarter and Titanic Belfast. Over 700 firms employing 23,000 people are located within the estate.

Belfast is only one of two ports on the island of Ireland to handle a full range of cargoes, from freight vehicles to containers, dry, break and liquid bulk, as well as passenger services and cruise calls.

LinkExternal link Belfast Harbour website
LinkExternal link Wikipedia
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Date Taken
Friday, 26 May, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 23 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Industry  Docks, Harbours 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 362 769 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:37.3408N 5:53.4705W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 364 774
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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Belfast Harbour  Shipbuilding  Harland and Wolff  Cranes  Gantry Cranes  Samson  Dry Dock  Goliath 

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